1. the weight of the wrapping, receptacle, or conveyance containing goods.
  2. a deduction from the gross weight to allow for this.
  3. the weight of a vehicle without cargo, passengers, etc.
  4. a counterweight used in chemical analysis to balance the weight of a container.
  5. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter T.

verb (used with object), tared, tar·ing.

  1. to ascertain, note, or allow for the tare of.

verb Archaic.

  1. simple past tense and past participle of tear2.


  1. any of various vetch plants, such as Vicia hirsuta (hairy tare) of Eurasia and N Africa
  2. the seed of any of these plants
  3. Bible a troublesome weed, thought to be the darnel


  1. the weight of the wrapping or container in which goods are packed
  2. a deduction from gross weight to compensate for this
  3. the weight of a vehicle without its cargo, passengers, etc
  4. an empty container used as a counterbalance in determining net weight


  1. (tr) to weigh (a package, etc) in order to calculate the amount of tare

n.1“kind of fodder plant, vetch,” early 14c., perhaps cognate with Middle Dutch tarwe “wheat,” from Proto-Germanic *tarwo, cognate with Breton draok, Welsh drewg “darnel,” Sanskrit durva “a kind of millet grass,” Greek darata, daratos “bread,” Lithuanian dirva “a wheat-field.” Used in 2nd Wyclif version (1388) of Matt. xxiii:25 to render Greek zizania as a weed among corn (earlier darnel and cockle had been used in this place); hence figurative use for “something noxious sown among something good” (1711). n.2“difference between gross and net weight,” late 15c., from Middle French tare “wastage in goods, deficiency, imperfection” (15c.), from Italian tara, from Arabic tarah, literally “thing deducted or rejected,” from taraha “to reject.”

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